PORT ADELAIDE assistant coach Brett Montgomery chatted to the media after the club’s first open training session of 2020 on Wednesday morning.
Here are the best bits from the press conference:
Montgomery on the competitive nature of today’s training:
“The boys are just ready to sink their teeth into it.
“I’m glad it looked brutal because it was supposed to be our more competitive day.
“Today was a day we introduced stoppage in bigger numbers, which gives them an opportunity to be more combative.
“They have trained pretty much like that for a good two weeks before Christmas and every day since.
Montgomery on the new crop of draftees:
“They have all made a great start.
“With Mitch (Georgiades) and his collarbone it put a little speed bump in there more than anything, but he got people excited today.
“Whenever you get young kids in who bring energy, and his point of difference is he marks the ball beautifully. That’s something we’ve been calling out for.
“Miles (Bergman) is a great athlete, but I don’t want to individualise too much. They have all made great starts, and that’s all we can ask for.
Montgomery on the Power squad driving each other:
“We have a really good squad who are happy to drive each other.
“They are happy to try and get ahead and try to carve out a career for themselves, but they drive each other really hard.
“We have young guys who really put their best foot forward in terms of testing and their adherence to what are common sense guidelines throughout the break.
“We also have older players who came back and posted personal bests. We are happy with how the squad has gone about it.
Montgomery on Robbie Gray:
“He has certainly done a high level of training to this point.
“He did a lot of work at the camp we were happy with.
“He’s certainly moving a lot better than this time last year. We are really happy with where he is at.
Montgomery on Charlie Dixon:
“He’s training well. Looking healthy. Feeling good. Up and about.
“Those type of things are not only great for a leader of you club, but a big personality within the four walls.
“We got nothing out of him this time last year - he was really up against it.
“We need that competitive beast in the forward line. We don’t put a number on it, and we certainly don’t put expectation around leading goalkicker or being the only target.
“He’s one of an outfit down there. But we do need a competitive beast.
Montgomery on what drives the group:
“What pushes these guys is they are looking for success.
“They don’t turn up looking to get themselves looking better, feeling better from a selfish point of view.
“People like Robbie (Gray) they are such competitive beasts. He wants success. He wants to be here when that success comes around, whether that’s this year, next year or the year after.
“He will do anything in his power to make sure he is here and firing.
Montgomery on Tom Jonas and his minor setback:
“Full training I’m not too sure.
“He will certainly train next week and do some load. It’s an injury that you can try and rush them and try to get ahead of them, but history suggests you never do.
“We’d expect him to be back into full training the week after next, but I don’t want to put a day on it.
Montgomery on Connor Rozee:
“It would be very dangerous to put a ceiling on him.
“What I do know about him is, he is a kid who worked out professional football very quickly. He understands what it takes to go to the next level.
“He understands what it takes to compete at the best. He understands what it takes to move from a half forward to a midfielder.
“They are pretty rare those kids who work it out as quickly as that. And he’s a pretty special kid.